Official Info

Here you will find some more detailed information about the MA thesis, how to finish your studies, and the possibilities of going abroad. For all further official information and the relevant links (e.g. renewal of semester registration,  leave of absence, extension of period of absence, BeNeFri etc.) please look at the PLEP Factsheet.

See official documents below

Graduation Deadlines for 2017/2018

For current students: MA Thesis Graduation Application Deadlines

Graduation March 2018
MA Thesis Application Deadline  31 May 2017
Submission of the MA Thesis*  4 December 2017
Application for the MA Degree  latest 16 February 2018
Gradation Ceremony  16 March 2018
Graduation October 2018
MA Thesis Application Deadline  7 December 2017
Submission of the MA Thesis*  11 June 2018
Application for the MA Degree  latest 14 September 2018
Gradation Ceremony  19 October 2018

When do I have to decide on the topic of my master thesis?

In the first semester, you certainly don't have to think about your master thesis yet. Afterwards you can slowly start thinking about it, but you won't need to decide until the semester before your last semester. Please be aware, that you'll have to announce your thesis at the Dean's Office about 12 months before your graduation celebration. Please refer to the deadlines section.

Can I choose any topic I am interested in?

The decision on a topic is to be made in consultation with the professor who will be your supervisor. Next to the individual supervision, you will present and discuss a concept, a chapter of parts of your thesis in the colloquium master thesis. You'll have to visit the colloquium master thesis in one of the two last semesters of your studies.

Who can be my supervisor?

All professors of the Institute of Philosophy can be advisors for your master thesis and you can decide on your own, whom you want to ask. It goes without saying, that the professor that you plan to ask, will need expertise in the topic of your master thesis. Please be aware that a professor can turn down your request due to time constraints or other reasons. The final decision of the topic is to be made in consultation with the professor that will be your advisor.

When do I have to announce my thesis, and what is the procedure?

You'll have to announce your master thesis by submitting the form registration for master thesis ("Registration for the Master thesis" - see below) to the Dean's Office six months before handing in the master thesis and 12 month before your graduation celebration (see deadlines). You'll need the title and advisor of the thesis when announcing it.

I won't be able to finish my master thesis in time, is there anything I can do?

If you want to postpone the deadline of your thesis, please contact your supervisor and hand in the form Extension of Deadline ("Form for prolongation the delivery of the master thesis" - see below). The supervisor has to agree on the extension of the deadline, since he/she will, in that case, have less time to correct it.

I am about to hand in my master thesis. What is the procedure?

You'll have to hand in one paper copy to the Dean's Office and one to your supervisor. You can either hand it in during the office hours of the Dean's Office or put it in their mail box. Please mind the deadlines section.

When handing in the thesis, remember to submit the form "Declaration of the master thesis" (see below). This is an assertion that you have written it on your own. It has to be added as last page.

You can either finish your master program after the spring semester and get the diploma in October, or finish it after the fall semester and get the diploma in March.

Are there any final exams?

No, there are no final exams in the program. Your final grade will be calculated cumulatively. The grades of your courses are weighted according to the number of ECTS-points they award. The overall grade is derived by the average of the grades of your courses and the grade of your master thesis, the former being counted twice as much as the latter.

When is the deadline to hand in all necessary documents for the master's degree?

The deadline for the application for the diploma ("Antrag auf Ausstellung des Masterdiploms"- see below) is listed under "Deadlines". See next section for more information.

How do I get my diploma?

You'll have to meet all requirements of the study program (find the document “Guidelines and Curriculum” below), have handed in all papers, all papers must be graded and the grades must be displayed in the KSL in the right place until you can apply for the master diploma. Before applying contact Anna Goppel or Markus Stepanians to check on KSL whether you fulfilled all the requirements and to sign the confirmation form (“Bescheinigung MA-Abschluss”- see below). Pay the exam fees to the Dean’s office. To apply for the MA diploma you then have to hand in with the Dean’s office the confirmation form, the application form MA diploma (“Antrag auf Ausstellung des Masterdiploms”- see below) as well as a proof that you paid the fees.

Please note: You can apply for SEMP (Erasmus) only once a year. The deadline is March 1st.

For general information, and all information on the current status and changes of the ERASMUS program, please contact the International Office of the University of Bern.

If you have specific questions please feel free to contact the study coordinator who is in charge of international mobility at the Department of Philosophy:

Study coordinator responsible for mobility:

Studying at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bern

If you are interested in studying at the Department of Philosophy from a University abroad, or another Swiss university. Please contact the International Office of the University of Bern.